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This front matter section of the book From Bāwīṭ to Marw: Documents from the Medieval Muslim World contains the table of contents, a preface, a list of contributors, quoted editions, and plates. The book discusses edition of three documents on papyrus from the first/seventh to third/ninth centuries: two drafts of commercial letters on one sheet of papyrus from the first half of the first century Hidjrah about various payments, written in archaic script; an order to the postmaster of Ushmūn from Shaʿbān 133 Hidjrah belonging to the well-known group of five orders to that official first published by D.S. Margoliouth. The book explores a letter of a merchant to his wife from the third/ninth century containing instructions about certain letters, which exhibit more pointed words than was usual at that time.

Keywords: archaic script; first century Hidjrah; Ushmūn



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